Steampunk Skull Shoot with Holly Denham // Halloween Mini Series // Brooke Townsend Photography

Well, this was a fun one. And a random one! Last month I got together spur of the moment with my sister Holly to do this fun and super random creative photoshoot with our dad’s new skull mask he picked up in Charleston this past summer. We went right up the road to downtown Middletown for our location and just kept things simple and easy for this one. But I wanted to challenge myself to one thing for this shoot and that was creating spooky/moody sunset photos! Because really, I’m usually photographing people in love under a setting sun. So I’ve never had the opportunity to create something so moody before with a sunset. So, I’m really happy with how that all turned out :) But also, dayuuuuuum to my sis for bein a great model for me!!

Also, fun story with this shoot lol

While adventuring around downtown Middletown,
someone called the cops on us. And it just so happened
that the cop pulled up to us while I was taking this photo of Holly
(because she loves dinosaurs):


Cop pulled up next to us at this spot

”You guys just doing a photoshoot?”

Me: “Yeah. Just wanting to really capture her in her truest element”

Cop Laughed and said: “I really don’t even care. Have fun!”

Oh the fun stories I’ll get to tell my son someday… haha

Viking Cosplay with Captain Dangerous // Halloween Mini Series // Brooke Townsend Photography


“Out of the night that covers me, black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be for my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance, my head is bloody but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and tears looms but the horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years finds and shall find me unafraid. It matters not how strait the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.”

Invictus by Willam Henley


This Viking cosplay shoot was made possible from some super awesome and amazingly talented friends of mine all coming together to bring their best skills to light.

Model - Kyleigh Grace Parker/Captain Dangerous
Makeup - Holly Denham
Hair - Hannah Mosser
Costume - Amazon purchase distressed and styled by myself


This shoot with Kyleigh and this incredible team together was an absolute blast. My sister, Holly, did an incredible job doing the makeup for this shoot and Hannah blew it out of the water with pulling it altogether with that hair styling. Not to mention, it was really fun to get my creative hands on something a little different for this shoot and getting to distress Kyleigh’s costume with some good ol’ fashioned painting and fabric sanding to really put the final touches on this look together.

By the time we got the makeup, hair, and outfit altogether, I only had about 30 minutes left of light!! And Ky did an AWESOME job getting into character super fast as we raced against the setting sun through Ault Park in Cincinnati for this super bad ass shoot together. Cannot wait to do more of these in the upcoming months with this incredibly talented team!! Here’s some behind the scenes to enjoy :)

The Angel Oak Tree // Charleston, South Carolina // Destination Wedding Photographer Brooke Townsend


Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

- Robert Frost -


While visiting Charleston, I got to sneak off and pay a visit to the Angel Oak Tree which has been a dream of mine for about 10 years.

I’ve always had a deep appreciation for trees. And of course nature in general too. But to see this particular oak tree has been on my bucket list for a while. Because I’ve never seen an oak this big before! And to just think about how much this thing has seen and survived over the years is so mind boggling. I mean… it’s survived dozens of hurricanes, wars, disease… and is even (at least) twice the age of this country. Which… just blows my mind. Imagine if we could access the things this tree has seen over the hundreds of years it has been alive.


The tree is estimated to be about 400-500 years old. Though, some believe it’s even older than that. It stands 66.5 ft tall, measures 28 ft in circumference, and produces shade that covers 17,200 square feet. The longest branch measures in at 187 ft and the branches coming off the trunk look like trunks of other trees. This tree is such a life force because walking around and climbing through it’s twisted branches, so many other living things are using this tree as a home. And it almost felt like Hometree from Avatar.

We got there just before the park opened to go and see it. And a storm had just passed through and that hot Carolina summer sun started streaking through the leaves and branches causing the raindrops to evaporate giving me the most magical light to play with in that forest.


Pro Trip: If you want to go visit the tree, go early to beat the crowds. You can’t go any earlier than opening time at 9am since it does have a huge military style fence around the park. But going there right at open had the least amount of people making this actually possible to photograph :)